Professor Fired For Excercising Free Speech Rights
Southwestern Community College's Red Oak campus is a small campus with a lot of controversy surrounding it. A western civilization teacher was fired the other day for expressing his own opinion with the class. It was an over the television class that included Red Oak and Osceola, Iowa in which the professor stated that he thought the story of Adam and Eve was a myth because he had never heard that a snake could talk. He than stated that he believed a lot of the bible was used in metaphorical terms. In turn the Osceola class couldn't handle that maybe the bible wasn't all meant to be taken literally so they threw a fit. They had him fired for, what I consider, his freedom of speech. He had taught at this school for 7-8 years and he has also been teaching at Metro Community College in Omaha, NE. He had been teaching this class the same way the whole time he has been teaching here at Southwestern. This time the supposed college students couldn't handle a little bit of thinking outside of the box and flew off the handle. What get's me is that we're supposed to be college students which means that we are all adults.
These same students from Osceola have now gone public with this and have been ostrecizing him for stating his beliefs in class. They have made up many rumors and have caused a lot of trouble for the professor who has two bachelor's degree's and a master's degree. To me those degree's means he knows what he is doing. Students today have grown up so sheltered from the real world that one comment made that goes against their beliefs is automatically wrong. Due to this students at this college have lost a chance to learn from a very intelligent and wise professor who if given the chance may have made a major impact on their lives. All he wanted was for the class to think outside of the box or at least think for that matter. When a teacher can be fired for speaking his mind it makes you wonder if schools across the country have this much censorship ability on their professors and students alike.